Evansville at IU soccer

Indiana survives two last-minute tries by Evansville, securing the victory when Caleb Konstanski cleared away a long throw-in in the box with under 10 seconds left. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

9:05: Evansville getting a lot of chances off free kicks and corner kicks but haven’t gotten the ball on goal yet. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

25:41: A lot of back and forth here in the second half. Each time has had a good shot or two, but nothing on goal so far for the keepers to worry about. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

Will Bruin nearly had two more goals before the half ended, creating all kinds of trouble for the Evansville defense. The Purple Aces’ best chances have all come on headers by Tom Irvin, a 6-foot-3 target.

IU holds a 7-5 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Daniel Kelly and Harrison Petts both credited with assists on the Bruin goal. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

15:02: Indiana draws first blood. Will Bruin found himself with space in the middle of the field and unleashed an absolutely scorching shot that never got more than a foot off the ground and hit the lower left corner of the net before the Evansville keeper could react. HOOSIERS 1, ACES 0

27:33: IU dodges a bullet in the 13th minute, as Evansville’s Tom Irvin, a former high school teammate of the Hoosiers’ Chris Haffner and Luis Soffner, flicks a header off a free kick from midfield that Soffner tips away at the last moment. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0

37:40: In just the second minute, IU nearly broke on top as Andy Adlard headed down a cross at the far post that Will Bruin ran onto around the penalty spot, but his shot was headed off the line by Evansville defender Blake Schneider. HOOSIERS 0, ACES 0

A small crowd so far, but fans are still trickling into Armstrong Stadium for tonight’s soccer game between the Aces and the Hoosiers. This is Indiana’s first home game in 24 day, and the Hoosiers can only hope they pick up where they left off with a 5-1 dismantling of UCLA.

Here’s the IU starting lineup: Luis Soffner at goalkeeper; Rich Balchan, Tommy Meyer, Daniel Kelly and Caleb Konstanski defenders; Harrison Petts, Nikita Kotlov, Andy Adlard, Cameron Jordan and Jacob Bushue in the midfield; and Will Bruin the lone forward.

I’ll keep you updated on the happenings here and on Twitter.